ECo-Development

Increasing the availability of culturally-responsive and context-relevant multilingual education materials in mother tongue languages for primary schools in Bandarban District, Bangladesh

ECo-Development

Increasing the availability of culturally-responsive and context-relevant multilingual education materials in mother tongue languages for primary schools in Bandarban District, Bangladesh


Project Name

Let the Children Read in Their Own Language and Culture

Location Implemented

Bangladesh

Competition Entered

Grant Competition 2011

Reading Skill Targeted

Pre-Reading

Status

Winner

The Challenge

Chittagong Hill Tracts is home to eleven indigenous communities, each having their own distinct culture, religion and language. The conventional education system of Bangladesh does not meet the learning needs of ethnic children. A baseline survey revealed that less than 1% of the surveyed ethnic students read at their grade level, no multilingual education materials were available at or had been developed for these schools, and 95% of the teachers were unaware of multilingual education methods.

The Big Idea

This project increased the availability and use of multilingual education materials for children in Bandarban District, Chittagong Hill. The reading materials are linked to community and culture; based on familiar stories, places and activities; in mother tongue languages; and support the national curriculum and policy. The project also developed teaching manuals and lesson plans, trained teachers to create engaging reading environments, and institutionalized school management and parent committees.

Results

37,500 children in 125 primary schools

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Research and Resources

Connect with the Innovator

Website

http://ecodevelopment.org/

Organization Type

Non Profit

Headquarters

Bandarban Hill District, Bangladesh

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